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What is the hardest part of becoming a dermatologist?


Thank you comment icon For me it would be having the stomach to handle the gross things that come in every day. Realistically, large challenges would be the education required to get certification, starting your own practice or getting into someone else's, dealing with non-believing patients, and not being asked skin questions by friends every time you turn around. Kiara
Thank you comment icon How long did you attend college to for to get your certification? Perla

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We need more dermatologists! Stay positive!

The most difficult part of becoming a dermatologist is...remaining optimistic/positive while completing all of the steps. Below is a common path to becoming a dermatologist.

College: 4 years

Medical school: 4 years

Internship + Dermatology Residency: 4 years

= Total 12 years

*This is not the path that I took, as I was a "non-traditional medical student," which means that I did not go to medical school immediately after college.

Jessica recommends the following next steps:

While in college, prepare for the MCAT and do your best!
Apply to medical schools, get accepted to medical school, and graduate college (4 years).
While in medical school: #1 study, do well on your USMLE exams, and apply for internships (PGY-1) and dermatology residency (PGY 2-4). Residency is where you obtain specialty training (dermatology, pediatrics, etc...).
Graduate from medical school (4 more years) and match to internship and dermatology residency. To "Match" means that you were accepted to those specialty training programs.
Successfully complete internship and dermatology residency (last 4 years). You will then take the American Board of Dermatology exam and become a board-certified dermatologist!!!!